New Zealand Receives First A109 Helicopter

22 February 2010 (Last Updated February 22nd, 2010 18:30)

Flight tests have been successfully conducted for the first of five new Royal New Zealand Defence Force A109 helicopters. The new A109 light utility helicopters, built by AgustaWestland, will replace the Bell 47 Sioux helicopters, being used for training purposes. Two of the five

Flight tests have been successfully conducted for the first of five new Royal New Zealand Defence Force A109 helicopters.

The new A109 light utility helicopters, built by AgustaWestland, will replace the Bell 47 Sioux helicopters, being used for training purposes.

Two of the five A109s could be used for operations including small groups transport, carrying light loads and rescue work with a winch.

The first two helicopters are expected to be delivered to New Zealand by the end of 2010, with the remaining deliveries scheduled for July 2011.